Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has never made it to the Super Bowl, but he is talking like he expects to get there.
"I think we feel like we are a great team and nobody can beat us," Flacco said as the Ravens head into Sunday's AFC Championship Game in New England. "I think when you play with that kind of confidence, it definitely gives you a leg up just in case the other team isn’t necessarily playing with that. I don’t want to say they are not; I am sure that most of the time they are. But if anything, it may give you a little bit of an advantage just because in order to be successful in this league and really in anything, you have to have that confidence. Right now, we are walking around with a little bit of that.”
Flacco is 0-2 in AFC championships, losing in 2008 and 2011. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the only quarterbacks to lose their first three conference championship starts are Donovan McNabb (2001-03), Ken Stabler (1973-75), Bernie Kosar (1986-87, 1989) and Danny White (1980-82).
Flacco's seven playoff wins are the most by a quarterback who has never made a Super Bowl appearance. It's also two more playoff victories than any other quarterback in the Super Bowl era to have never reached the Super Bowl.
But Flacco is playing better now than he's ever had in any previous postseason. After throwing four touchdowns and seven interceptions in his first three postseasons, Flacco has nine touchdowns and one interception in the playoffs over the past two seasons.
Asked if the game speeds up in the playoffs, Flacco said, "I think that’d be a criticism to every NFL player out there. The fact that you’re playing one way in the regular season and a completely different way in the playoffs, I think that’s a bunch of crap. I think we go out there and lay it on the line every week, and like I said, I’d be doing myself a disservice and everybody else in the league a disservice if I were to say I thought the playoffs were different. I really don’t. There’s obviously a little bit more on the line, because if you don’t win, you go home. But you’ve put yourself into that position and every one of those games was just as important as the others, so I don’t really buy into that.”